A few weeks ago rumours started swirling that Steven Spielberg was planning to resurrect Napoleon, the biopic Stanley Kubrick had been working on for decades and for which he’d written a screenplay, but which he never got to make.
Rather than a film the plan is to make it into an HBO mini-series, with Spielberg producing, and Deadline reports that he’s set his sights on Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby’s Baz Luhrmann to direct. However nothing has been signed and apparently deals are a long way from being made.
Some have described Kubrick’s Napoleon as ‘the greatest movie never made’, although that is of course easy to say about a film no one ever got to see. He spent years researching the French leader, and promised studio executives that it would be the greatest movie ever, but Hollywood refused to fund it. Now we’ll just have to wait and see whether Luhrmann is the one to make it a reality.